Although the majority of inspiration for my writing comes from the historical fiction genre, I do also write westerns with a slant to historical events, some children's work and I've written one YA story.
My published books include Summer Rain, Rich Fabric (contributing author), A Dolphin For One and Rebellion in the Valley; keep your eyes peeled for the last two stories in the Valley trilogy: Anticipation in the Valley and Renewal in the Valley, both of which are my 2019/20 wips.
Rebellion in the Valley is a western with a hint of historical facts based on events occurring in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado in the 1870s.
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I study and speak my native tongue of Tsalagi (Cherokee), enjoy beading & custom jewelry making on my downtime as well as creating one of a kind, original dollhouses, as well as miniature dollhouses.
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When did you first start writing and how has your writing style changed over time?
I first began to explore the world of writing during the summer of '74 or '75, when my cousins and I gathered around my mother's old tape recorder to put on little plays we'd all write together. The reaction we got from our moms is what I give credit to in my interest in writing. A couple of years after that, I became a closet poetry writer and churned out nearly a thousand super cheesy ones by the time I hit my 18th year. As a teenager, I wrote impromptu poetry in a local strip mall during the summer months and discovered maybe it wasn't all that nerdy to write after all ... the fondest recollection I have during that summer was being paid to write a love poem; a young man wanted to propose but his family opposed the union, so he had me write a poem for him and let my words do the asking for him. In my 20's, I shifted gears and wrote children's stories for a few years. These days, my writing is either historical, western, Native American or children's. There are too many stories in my head to narrow it down to one genre just yet!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This is embarrassing, but in kindergarten, my teacher wanted us to take a book home, read it, and bring a note back from our parents verifying that we really had "read" it. By the time I'd finished with my art project and reached the bookcase, only one book remained: The Sugar Baby.
In my 5-year-old indignation, I told myself I refused to read a book entitled - what I thought - was The Cigar Baby.
That night, I forged my mom's note to verify that I'd read this abomination, writing that "I really did read this" and signed it ... "By my mom".
Set in the 1870s in the Wet Mountain Valley of CO, this takes readers into the lives of the Johnson family and the beloved Red Bone Ranch; meet Hailee and her father, Bruce as they meet the challenges facing ranchers. Come to adore Richard, their cook and friend. Tobias will join in line as a favorite character, but beware of Howard J. Duffman, who yearns to be much more than just a hired hand!
A life is turned completely upside down when young Kaileigh is left an orphan. Through the trials that come with foster care, being a teen, and yes, love, she finds out that life isn't so bad after all.